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Vintage book very RARE special Center Books Edition murder mystery The Strangled Witness by Leslie Ford, famous crime caper novelist, 1943

Vintage book very RARE special Center Books Edition murder mystery The Strangled Witness by Leslie Ford, famous crime caper novelist, 1943

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  • Vintage item from the 1940s
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Description

There is no other book like this one.

This book is a Colonel Primrose mystery by the FAMOUS mystery author Leslie Ford, and if you don't know who either of them are, you are (as I was) missing out.

Description to come!

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: The Strangled Witness
-Author: Leslie Ford (Zenith Brown)
-Format: Hardcover, special famous Center Books Edition, full color dust jacket, plastic protectant cover, ads on inside back cover and back cover for other books in the new exciting series (at the time) from Sun Dial Press.
-Condition: That perfect vintage book feel with old browning pages and that classic cover art that takes you back to the time it came out in 1934, the book hasn't faded and has no markings or writings or rips on the inside, though the outer cover does have faint grey spots on the white from aging ink. The second half of the book has an ink or age stain on the outside of the pages, that does not creep inside, and travels to the back right corner of the book but is less than the size of a quarter. I didn't even notice it to be honest until I sat down to write this. It's exactly what you would expect and want in a crime caper from this time period, preserved extremely well and showing just those signs of age that make it special :)
-Publisher: The Sun Dial Press, New York, Center Books Edition
-Copyright: 1934 Farrar & Rinehart Inc.
-Date published: 1943
-Provenance: I picked this up basically for its cover. It just jumped out at me (and I recognized the name Leslie Ford) because of its style, that perfect forties-fifties crime caper novel style, the artwork showing just enough color to engage but the people black and white as newspaper, their time period so clear in the drawing and its telling artistry. Even the typography jumped out to me as different from today's. Books go through certain waves of trends in their makeup and arrangement, and this one is time-stamped to the tee. I loved that. The book is unsigned so I can't know who owned it before me, but I picked it up in Niantic CT along the shore where a bookstore had a great section of these that had just been donated, and I was going through idly after I had cleared out the Arthur Train section, haha :)
-Pricing: I priced the book based off of the fact I could find no competing copies or prices whatsoever to decide by. This doesn't make me sound very smart but I knew the worth of this book intrinsically, and used my research skills to double-check it and come to the number. The Center Books Series of the Sun Dial Press is a famed and scarce series of murder mysteries all picked from the masters and designed in the same style I've been raving about, and because they are so scarce this novel cannot go for less than, but CERTAINLY could go for more than, what is listed. Rarity = worth, but of course so does condition and edition, both of which are supreme in this case. There TRULY is no other book like this one out there for you to buy, and I'd be hard-pressed to find someone out there who has this copy in their personal library now. Center Books didn't put out many copies of their series, be that a good or bad thing, I don't know!
There is no other book like this one.

This book is a Colonel Primrose mystery by the FAMOUS mystery author Leslie Ford, and if you don't know who either of them are, you are (as I was) missing out.

Description to come!

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: The Strangled Witness
-Author: Leslie Ford (Zenith Brown)
-Format: Hardcover, special famous Center Books Edition, full color dust jacket, plastic protectant cover, ads on inside back cover and back cover for other books in the new exciting series (at the time) from Sun Dial Press.
-Condition: That perfect vintage book feel with old browning pages and that classic cover art that takes you back to the time it came out in 1934, the book hasn't faded and has no markings or writings or rips on the inside, though the outer cover does have faint grey spots on the white from aging ink. The second half of the book has an ink or age stain on the outside of the pages, that does not creep inside, and travels to the back right corner of the book but is less than the size of a quarter. I didn't even notice it to be honest until I sat down to write this. It's exactly what you would expect and want in a crime caper from this time period, preserved extremely well and showing just those signs of age that make it special :)
-Publisher: The Sun Dial Press, New York, Center Books Edition
-Copyright: 1934 Farrar & Rinehart Inc.
-Date published: 1943
-Provenance: I picked this up basically for its cover. It just jumped out at me (and I recognized the name Leslie Ford) because of its style, that perfect forties-fifties crime caper novel style, the artwork showing just enough color to engage but the people black and white as newspaper, their time period so clear in the drawing and its telling artistry. Even the typography jumped out to me as different from today's. Books go through certain waves of trends in their makeup and arrangement, and this one is time-stamped to the tee. I loved that. The book is unsigned so I can't know who owned it before me, but I picked it up in Niantic CT along the shore where a bookstore had a great section of these that had just been donated, and I was going through idly after I had cleared out the Arthur Train section, haha :)
-Pricing: I priced the book based off of the fact I could find no competing copies or prices whatsoever to decide by. This doesn't make me sound very smart but I knew the worth of this book intrinsically, and used my research skills to double-check it and come to the number. The Center Books Series of the Sun Dial Press is a famed and scarce series of murder mysteries all picked from the masters and designed in the same style I've been raving about, and because they are so scarce this novel cannot go for less than, but CERTAINLY could go for more than, what is listed. Rarity = worth, but of course so does condition and edition, both of which are supreme in this case. There TRULY is no other book like this one out there for you to buy, and I'd be hard-pressed to find someone out there who has this copy in their personal library now. Center Books didn't put out many copies of their series, be that a good or bad thing, I don't know!

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
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I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

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Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
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Sure! Although the books are priced the way they are and are worth that amount based on a lot of factors (condition compared to others available online, if there are any available online or if it is the only one, age and whether it is signed or special in some way, etc.) I am always willing to hear you out as to why you think the books price is off, and work with you as best I can. I cannot guarantee the price will change, that is bad for my business, but I will listen to you. Don't be afraid to reach out. The worst that can happen is I will say no.

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